Get started

The Metals, Environmental and Terrestrial Analytical Laboratory offers the following services for ASU and external customers:

  • sample preparation (microwave digestion, multi-acid digestion, ball milling, microbalance weighing, centrifuging)
  • elemental and ionic quantitation
  • greenhouse gas analysis
  • physical property measurement
  • carbon and nitrogen analysis (solutions)
  • CH4 & CO2 carbon isotope analysis
  • concentration of trace metals, REE, some major elements in a wide variety of sample types and over a large dynamic range by ICP-OES or ICP-MS
  • high-precision radiogenic and mass-dependent isotope ratio analyses of much of the periodic table by MC-ICP-MS
  • measurement of isotope ratios (mainly C, N, O, and H) by IRMS

 

Customers may use the instruments themselves (in-house training is required) or submit samples for analysis by our staff. Follow the instructions below to request services or training, or to schedule equipment through iLab.

If you do not already have an iLab account, go to the iLab home page and follow the instructions to create your user account first. Internal users will need to be associated with an ASU research laboratory and assigned a payment account. External users will also need to submit payment information. Please contact corefacilitiesfinance@asu.edu with questions or for assistance.

To submit samples for analysis
  1. Go to the METAL core page on iLab.
  2. Sign in to iLab using the button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the METAL core page, select the “Request Services” tab.
  4. Click on the appropriate “Request Service” button:
    • If you know the service(s) you need, select Option A.
    • If you would like to consult with facility staff or need a quote for a new project, select Option B.
  5. Complete and submit the form. Staff will review and assist.
To request training and access
  1. Go to the METAL core page on iLab.
  2. Sign in to iLab using the button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the METAL core page, select the “Request Services” tab.
  4. Click on the “Request Service” button to the right of Option C - "Equipment Training and Access Request."
  5. Complete and submit the form. METAL staff will review and contact you to arrange training.
  6. After training is complete, METAL staff will update your request with an access form. Complete and submit this form to be granted ISAAC door access and equipment scheduling permissions.
To schedule time on the equipment
  1. Go to the METAL core page on iLab.
  2. Sign in to iLab using the button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Select the “Equipment and Scheduling” tab.
  4. Click on the “View Schedule” button next to the instrument of interest.
  5. Click and drag on the timeframe you would like to schedule your reservation.
  6. A window will pop up that will allow you to verify your reservations details and provide payment information before saving the reservation.
Additional lab protocols